NBA Analyst Details Why Utah Jazz Will Once Again Finish Ahead of LeBron James and the Lakers

Published 08/19/2021, 2:04 AM EDT
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the closing second of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


Utah Jazz were one of the best teams in the NBA last season. It was their 47th season in the NBA and they broke many franchise records. They have been qualifying for the playoffs for the past five seasons, but last season was special. Amin Elhassan, former ESPN analyst, thinks Utah Jazz will finish over Lebron’s Los Angeles Lakers in the coming season.

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Utah finished top of their conference last season and posted a 52-2- record, their first since 2010. In fact, they recorded their highest win percentage since 1999. However, they crashed out of the championship in the conference semifinals after losing to LA Clippers in six games.

Jun 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) reacts after their win against the LA Clippers in game one in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Amin Elhassan predicts Utah Jazz to top the Western Conference again over Los Angeles Lakers

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Appearing on the SiriusXM NBA Radio hosted by Eddie Johnson, Elhassan opened up on his thoughts about Utah’s performance last season.

“I love Donovan Mitchell‘s progression as a star player in the league,” Amin said.

“I look at Utah as a team that looks towards the mirror like, ‘To hell with that. We was the best team last year, and we didn’t get it done’.

“And now they’re going to come back with a vengeance to show everybody this wasn’t a fluke.”

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Utah Jazz have been busy in the offseason lately. They have signed Jared Butler, Rudy Gay, MaCio Teague, and Hassan Whiteside so far. They have also traded Eric Paschall from Golden State Warriors. The Jazz have a fair share of outgoings as well. The offseason business means their management is serious about challenging for their first championship.

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The team have just two NBA Finals appearances under their belts, and they lost on both occasions (1997 and 1998). However, the Jazz have been excellent under Quin Snyder and have won two division titles so far. In the coming season, Utah Jazz will look to top the conference again.

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